Originally Posted by artwork
Homer - I am detecting a slightly negative tone regarding integral fuel tanks (just a hint). Can I ask why?
I'd be interested in hearing why, too. There are a few engineering papers out there that are very supportive of integral tanks. In fact, I sometimes wish I had gone integral on mine. Increased hull rigidity, less space consumed in the interior...with a couple of clean-out ports, what's not to like?
92GTA, if you look closely at my avatar you'll see my 1967 tri-cabin 52' Connie. It's 6-71 powered and--like everything else out there--could be considered "on the market." Shoot me an email if you're serious.
"Now I've been reading stuff about how old wooden boats rot faster in the tropics from decay and worms, etc." Can't help you there. I've never kept a boat there.
Also that marinas don't like risk having big old wooden boats in their slips due to disposal costs if they are abandoned. I've had no problem on the Potomac or the Chesapeake, but then my boat's not a wreck.
They also cost much more to pull due to weight than aluminum. I have never heard of a yard charging by the pound to haul, only by the foot. I'm also not sure that wooden boats are heavier by much, if at all, than aluminum. My Connie runs just short of 20 tons.
Skilled workman might also be a downside when it comes to big repairs. Planks and ribs aren't a big mystery, and in many Carribean nations (Haiti is one I know for sure), boats are still being constructed out of wood.
Plus because of this they are very difficult to insure properly. Is all this true? I have no problem insuring my boat. I know of at least two carriers that happily insure them: Heritage and Hagerty.